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Three Criteria for Interpreting Scripture

9th Grade Scripture
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Mary Lipscombe

on 24 October 2013

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Transcript of Three Criteria for Interpreting Scripture

Interpretation of Scripture
- Content and unity of Scripture
- Take into account living Tradition
- Analogy of Faith

The Old and New Testaments
- The covenants

9th Grade Theology//Scripture
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"Content and unity" of Scripture
"... since Holy Scripture must be read and interpreted in the sacred spirit in which it was written, no less serious attention must be given to the content and unity of the whole of Scripture" (Dei Verbum, 12)
"Living Tradition" of the Church
"The living tradition of the whole Church must be taken into account along with the harmony which exists between elements of the faith" (Dei Verbum 12).
"Analogy of Faith"
So if...
- paying attention to the "content and unity" of Scripture means recognizing that Scripture doesn't contradict itself.
- paying attention to the living Tradition of the Church means recognizing that Scripture doesn't contradict Apostolic Tradition
Then...
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paying attention to the analogy of faith means interpreting Scripture in accord with the faith and teachings of the Church.


The Old Testament and the New Testament
What is the Old Testament?
What is the New Testament?
What does "testament" mean?
Interpreting Scripture; the Old and New Testaments
"The New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old is unvieled in the New" -CCC 129
Three Criteria for Interpreting Scripture
1. Be attentive to the content and unity of the whole Scripture

2. Read the Scripture within "the living Tradition of the whole Church"

3. Be attentive to the analogy of faith
Being attentive to the content and unity of the whole Scripture means recognizing that Scripture does not contradict itself.

Reading Scripture within "the living Tradition" of the Church means recognizing that Scripture does not contradict Apostolic Tradition.
Summary
What does it mean to be attentive to the "content and unity" of Scripture?
What does it mean to read Scripture in the "living Tradition" of the Church?
What does it mean to be attentive to the "analogy of faith?"
(Know the information listed in red!)
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